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  1. #1 Ir cut filter when no nd is needed? 
    Is it mandatory to use a clear(non-nd) IR cut filter when nd filtration is not needed?
    I'm using a whole set of Tiffen IRND's but I don't know If i need to put a IR cult filter when the nd's aren't needed.
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    I always leave my IR Cut filter on with or without NDs when I am shooting outside in daylight.
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    I have often seen reviews of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera stating that a IR filter is a must. What is the issue with the BMPCC (and its family of cameras) and IR filters? Can anyone explain it for me?

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    I would recommend leaving an IR cut of some kind on the Pocket camera at all times as even without ND, there is slight IR contamination in the image. It's not bad by any means but it is there slightly. If you have a filter to compare, you'll notice some difference with and without it on.

    Put simply, IR contamination is unwanted reds in your image due to an excess of infrared light (wavelengths beyond red light). Heat is another way of thinking about it. This can be especially bad if you have black fabrics in your shot as they will render dark red or brown, instead of black. No amount of color correction in post can fix this without affecting other parts of your image, like skin tones. These effects are compounded when using regular ND filtration as they reduce the ratio of visible light to infrared light making the effects much more pronounced. This is why IRNDs are so important to have on a hot day!

    IIRC, the Hoya IR cut is the best option with the Blackmagic cameras (which have little to no IR filtration built in out of the box)...
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    Thanks guys.
    I'm going to purchase it!
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    Always leave an IR cut on the lens as in best practice to avoid a problem that can ruin a shot otherwise on occasion. It isn't always needed, but you always need to use it as a habit.
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